Bahamas Boat Charter: 3 Important Questions and Answers

Visit Sapona Shipwreck on your next Bahamas Boat Charter
We don’t skimp on Staff Appreciation Day at GBC.

Here at GBC, Staff Appreciation Day isn’t just celebrated at a restaurant or sports bar. We just got back from a Bahamas boat charter on our 40-foot Intrepid! Two days of fishing, swimming with stingrays, eating fresh fish, and some golf cart hijinks…

Before you get too jealous, remember that we can organize the same for you and your family, friends, or staff:

Find out how to make a charter to the Bahamas from Florida an easy and enjoyable trip.

Boat Charter to Bimini
You can cruise to Bimini on our 40-foot Intrepid in just a few hours.

What’s the best time of year for a Bahamas boat charter?

Really, anytime works. It depends on what you want to fish for. We went in September: mahi season. After leaving GBC’s location at the Palm Beach Yacht Center around 7am on a Tuesday, we arrived in Bimini at the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini around 10am, a luxurious 750-acre marina, hotel, and casino.

Bimini is only 50 miles from Miami, but it’s a world away: this westernmost island of the Bahamas features unspoiled blue waters and white sand beaches, marine life, even a shipwreck. Bimini is also known as the “Sport Fishing Capital of the World.”

Where to stay in Bimini?

After unloading our supplies at our Resorts World villa (the perfect landing for a family or group Bahamas boat charter), we went out and fished for mahi and wahoo. Later Alex took us on a quick cruise out to the Sapona Shipwreck, a concrete-hulled cargo steamer that ran aground near Bimini during a hurricane in 1926. It’s a great spot for swimming, snorkeling, and jumping off the wreck.

We cooled off in the pool, showered, and headed to the Resorts World casino for some burgers and gambling. (A Bahamas fishing charter doesn’t have to be all boating, all the time!) After dinner, we fished off the dock, and took the villa’s golf carts for a spin ‘til the wee hours.

Catch some dolphin in your next Bahamas Boat Charter
Mahi were caught—and cooked, back at our villa!

How’s the fishing in the Bahamas?

The alarms went off at 6:30am; early, yes, but no one wanted to miss out on another full Bimini day. We trolled and caught some more dolphin until the late morning, then went snorkeling. After stopping at the restaurant at Cat Cay Yacht Club for lunch, we headed to another one of Bimini’s landmarks: Honeymoon Harbor. We swam with nurse sharks and stingrays—dozens of them. Once we turned off the Intrepid’s motors, they swarmed the boat, making it an unforgettable stop.

On your Bahamas Boat Charter, do not forget to swim with rays
Swimming with nurse sharks and stingrays at Honeymoon Harbor.

Back at the villa, we barbequed our fresh fish and steaks for dinner, and celebrated Staff Appreciation Day GBC-style. After some night-time fishing and swimming off the docks, we turned in early.

Family weekend to Bahamas with a Bahamas Boat Charter
Treat your family, friends, or even your staff to a Bahamas boating weekend!

On Thursday morning, we were out the door and back on the Intrepid by 7:30am. We arrived back in Delray before noon, feeling fully “appreciated.”

Ready to plan your own Bahamas boat charter? Among other things, our close proximity to the Bahamas and our spectacular 40-foot Intrepid make Gulfstream Boat Club a truly unique boat club. Bimini is a colorful, warm, exceptionally fun vacation spot. Call us at 561.865.7797 and we’ll get you there!

Cost of Owning a Boat?

How much does it cost to own a boat?

It’s important to remember that the purchase price of a boat is just the beginning of the cost commitment! Here are some annual costs to consider when thinking a buying a boat:

Boat Trailer Cost:

You’ll need a trailer to transport and store the boat (and be prepared for hurricanes!). A trailer can range in price from $1,500 to more than $5,000. A trailer will need basic upkeep as well; tires, brakes, and general maintenance, plus monthly storage fees if you can’t keep it on your property when your boat’s in the water.

Boat Insurance Average Cost:

You’ll need at least liability coverage, and likely damage coverage, especially for a new boat, in case of accident or theft. Boat insurance can range from $1,000 to $5,000 per year.

Florida Boating License:

Florida law requires anyone who was born on or after January 1, 1988, to successfully complete an approved boating safety course and obtain a Boating Safety Education Identification Card issued by the Florida Wildlife Commission. Boating safety courses are not especially expensive, but anyone who might drive your boat will have to make the commitment of time for the class.

Boat Storage options:

You will need a cover, a top, or maybe inside storage if you can’t keep the boat at your home or on your property. For outside storage, boats are typically shrinkwrapped at a cost of roughly $10-15 per foot, so a 21-foot boat might cost $200-300 to cover. Inside rack storage costs more, as the boat is better protected from the elements. Figure on roughly $25-$30/foot for inside storage, so that 21-footer would cost about $600 per month.

Boat Safety Equipment and accessories:

You’ll not only need safety gear (life vests, horn, signal flares, etc.), but you’ll most likely want a stereo, lighting, watersports towing equipment, etc., to fully enjoy your boat. The South Florida sun is as strong as it gets and its effects are magnified when out on the water. You should thinking about wearing not only sunscreen but hats, sunglasses, and sun-protective clothing.

Boat Maintenance Costs:

Much like a car, a boat requires a lot of regular maintenance. Like a car, you have cleaning, oil changes, and engine maintenance costs—but then add hull maintenance, storage, and haul-out (if not keeping in the water year-round). Costs for these services can vary widely, based on the boat size, fresh water or salt water, if the boat is new or used, etc.

Boat Marina:

If you keep the boat at a marina, you will incur monthly costs, and they’re high in South Florida. In-water dock space can range from $1,000 to more than $5,000 per season.

Saltwater wear and tear:

If you’re planning on taking your boat out for some deep-sea fishing, not just cruising the Intracoastal, keep in mind that salt water is definitely harsher on a boat and engine than freshwater.

How much does it cost to own a boat?

Do you really need to own a boat?

Have you researched the cost of owning a boat yourself? When we explain the benefits of of Gulfstream Boat Club to a potential new member, they very often ask, “Why would anyone own a boat?” We at Gulfstream Boat Club agree! Many of our members are former powerboat or yacht owners who don’t want the expense and hassle of owning their own boat anymore. On the other hand, many of our members are interested in eventually owning a boat, or learning more about the boating lifestyle, and a boat club is a great way to try it out.

cost of owning a boat for the family
This could be you! Fishing on the weekends—free of the hassle of boat ownership.

Image: Trees Full of Money

Why commit to one kind of boating experience when you can enjoy several?

When you purchase a boat, you have to decide on one kind of experience on the water. You might want a great fishing boat. Or maybe a cruiser for trips down the Intracoastal. Perhaps you are in the market for a pontoon boat for larger family parties and outings. But what if you want to experience all of these outings? The question is, Why choose just one kind of boat? At Gulfstream Boat Club, we have a wide variety of boats, which allows you as a member to go deep-sea fishing one weekend and take your kids tubing the next. Then, on Mother’s Day, you can take everyone on a cruise to a dockside lunch. You can’t beat the flexibility of having access to several kinds of boats!

Why settle for one boat when you can have a whole fleet?

As a Gulfstream Boat Club member, you’ll have access to more than twenty boats, in many sizes and models, seven days a week. That means that with one purchase you can have a variety of experiences. One of our experienced captains can take you and your friends on a fishing excursion. We supply the fishing gear if you need it. Or a captain can take you out on the Intracoastal for a cruise to brunch at a dockside restaurant—perfect for Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, or other holidays which require keeping lots of family members happy and busy! Ask yourself: What is the cost of owning a boat—plus another five or six?

Or, if you are comfortable at the helm, take out one of our center console, dual console, deck, or pontoon boats yourself. Gulfstream Boat Club can recommend outings both south and north of our Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and Hypoluxo locations. How about a trip to Peanut Island, where you can dock, tour the island, or just take a swim? Or motor south to Lake Boca, where there’s plenty to do and see. Each member of GBC receives their own custom-designed map of the area, which highlights boating and fishing sites you won’t want to miss.

Cost of owning a boat = commitment of time and money

Owning a boat is a huge commitment of time and money, especially for a busy family. Kids’ activities might make it difficult to use your own boat every weekend. Gulfstream Boat Club makes it easy to enjoy a boat when it’s convenient for you. All of our boats are expertly maintained, and have life jackets, stereos, depth finders, and up-to-date electronics. No need to stop for fuel—we’ll fill ‘er up. And we have an online reservation system that allows you to book boats anytime.

cost of owning a boat: huge time investment
A GBC membership allows you to teach your kids a love of boating!

Share the decision to not own a boat—and share the fun!

And why not consider combining business with pleasure? GBC offers a corporate membership perfect for business partners to share. If you’re a real estate agent, take clients new to the area for a nice cruise on the Intracoastal, and get ready to sell that house. GBC’s larger boats could host a work event of up to ten or twelve people. Forget that boring business dinner and let us help you plan a memorable evening out on the water!

cost of owning a boat: Corporate Boat Memberships
Rev up that bachelorette party or other event by taking it out on the water!

When you learn the cost of owning a boat, the idea becomes daunting and can be a deal-breaker for many people who would like to enjoy boating or fishing in South Florida. That’s why Gulfstream Boat Club is such a great concept. Being a boat club member is flexible, affordable, safe, and enjoyable. Leave the maintenance and other hassles of boating to us, and focus on the good parts!

Call GBC at 561.865.7797. Then you’re one step closer to having not just one boat to use on the weekend, but an entire fleet!

What Powerboat Rental are you?

As a South Florida boat club, with easy access to both the Intracoastal and the Atlantic Ocean, Gulfstream Boat Club is all about the powerboats and it’s the place to go for your perfect powerboat rental match-up. And why own a boat, when you can have your pick of several boats, seven days a week?

GBC has the fastest-growing fleet of cruising and fishing boats in South Florida. Our boat club has a reputation for excellent service and safety that is second to none. Whether you are planning a sunset cruise, ocean fishing, or a family outing on the Intracoastal, GBC makes it simple and easy providing the perfect powerboat rental for your trip.

Here’s a little introduction to powerboats taken from Wikipedia. In essence, all powerboats have a bow (front) and a stern (back). All have hulls (the bottom of the boat) and all have a topsides (everything from the hull up). There are many types of powerboat rentals, but GBC has four types in its fleet:

Powerboat Rental: Center Console Boat
The open hull of a center console boat allows fishermen to walk from bow to stern without having to navigate around the console.

Center Console Boat

Center console boats range from 13 to 45 feet. The name says it all: the helm is on a console in the center of the boat. As a South Florida boat club, of course fishing is a priority for our members, and the open hull of a center console boat allows fishermen to walk from bow to stern without having to navigate around the console. The larger-size center console boats are suited for offshore fishing.

GBC’s center console boats range from 22 to 35 feet, and feature T-top for shade and comfortable seating. They’re a very popular and versatile choice!

Powerboat Rental: Center Deck Boat
Deck boats feature an open deck with plenty of seating for family and friends.

Deck Boat

Deck boats have a wide beam and feature a V-shaped hull, which offers more performance than a pontoon boat. South Florida boat clubs need a good selection of party boats, and deck boats feature an open deck with plenty of seating for family and friends. You can swim off the side of a deck boat and easily get back on. They are outboard or stern drive powered and can be aluminum or fiberglass. These boat are about 25–35 feet long.

GBC’s deck boats range from 21 to 27 feet, and feature stereos, depth finder and electronics. They offer Bimini tops with ample shade, and a great seating layout for comfort cruising. Perfect for a leisurely family cruise!

Powerboat Rental: Dual Console Boat
GBC’s dual console boats offer a great seating layout for comfort cruising.

Dual Console Boat

Dual console boats have two dashboards and windshields that are separated by a walk-through which allows access to a forward cockpit or seating area. Lengths can run from 16 to 30 feet.

GBC’s dual console boats are 25 feet, and feature a large custom top for shade with rod holders, Bluetooth stereo, GPS/fish finder combo, and a great seating layout for comfort cruising.

Pontoon Boat

GBC’s pontoon boats are the newest in our fleet, and these “party platforms” are perfect for a South Florida boat club cruise. Pontoon boats have two or three aluminum tubes that support a broad platform. They have shallow drafts and are very stable. Lengths can range from 15–30 feet.

GBC’s two pontoon boats are 24 feet, and can host up to 12 comfortably. No captain necessary. Now in huge demand for Lake Boca Weekend plans, take out the family and friends on one of these mobile party venues!

Your South Florida boat club adventure awaits. GBC’s got the best selection of powerboats around, and they’re  expertly maintained and available seven days a week. Our captains know these waters better than anyone. Labor Day is this weekend. Give us a call at 561.865.7797 to plan a holiday cruise or fishing trip today!

Lake Boca: Your New Weekend Plan

A great view of the Boca Inlet near Lake Boca

Lake Boca the Perfect boat cruise destination

Instead of cruising north on your next Gulfstream Boat Club adventure, why not try cruising south? In Boca Raton, Lake Boca and the Boca Inlet area offer the perfect boat cruise destination from GBC’s Delray Beach location at Marina Delray.

One of the benefits of Gulfstream Boat Club is that we can provide a variety of experiences on the water, from deep-sea fishing to a dockside brunch. A trip to Lake Boca is more of the lazy-days-of-summer variety.

Lake Boca and Boca Raton Inlet Safety

The Boca Raton Inlet is located on the East Coast of Florida twenty-four miles south of West Palm Beach, sixteen miles north of Fort Lauderdale, and five miles northward of Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse, near Intracoastal Waterway Mile 1048. The first bridge was built across the Boca Raton Inlet in 1923, a wooden structure of pilings with an opening large enough to allow boats to pass through. Today, a modern drawbridge carries cars across the inlet. The bridge has a restricted opening schedule, opening every quarter-hour from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on demand at all other times.

Boat club members need to use care when navigating the Boca Inlet, as there are areas of shoaling. Our new GBC map clearly indicates these areas to avoid. Depth at low tide varies from one to three feet. A sandbar protrudes out of water inside the inlet on the north side. A sandbar extends underwater to within thirty feet of the south jetty. Shoaling and sandbars are continually shifting.

Boaters say that the Boca Raton Inlet is safer now that the city cleared away sand buildup in spring 2017. The city dredged the inlet after the sandbar caused some boats to run aground. The ebb shoal — an area near the mouth of the inlet that collects drifting sand — had caused trouble for boaters. Both the city and boat towing companies had reported an increase in complaints in the months beforehand.

Where to dock in Lake Boca

Boat club members can enjoy access to two hotels and a public park area on Lake Boca. The Boca Raton Resort and Club is located on the west side of the lake. The park area offers picnic areas with grills, a playground, restrooms, and showers.

Waterstone near Lake Boca
The Waterstone Resort offers waterfront dining on Lake Boca.

One of Gulfstream Boat Club members’ favorite destinations is the Waterstone Resort and Marina, which offers Boca’s only waterfront dining experience. You can dock your boat, and enjoy a meal at Boca Landing restaurant. The menu showcases for South Florida’s freshest seasonal flavors. Savor a bountiful European breakfast table, linger over grilled steak and local seafood for dinner, and sample boutique wines from vineyards around the world. Whether you’re dining indoors or at an outdoor table overlooking the Intracoastal, a memorable experience is in store.

 

Brunch at Waterstone in Lake Boca
Enjoy fine dining and a rare Florida summer breeze at the Waterstone.

Also, the Waterstone is now offering waterfront “Family Dinner Nights” the first Sunday of every month, with a four-course Italian meal and live music. Parties of five or less can book online at OpenTable.com; or call 561-226-3022. What a great way to spend time with family friends on a Sunday!

If you haven’t taken a cruise to Lake Boca, now is the time. Grab some friends, make a reservation at the Waterstone, and enjoy the warm breezes. Call us at 561.865.7797 today!

How to Catch Mahi Mahi in Florida

A Boater’s guide on How to Catch Mahi Mahi in Florida.

With waters as warm as they are in August, it’s the perfect time to talk about how to catch mahi mahi in Florida. Dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) is better known by its Hawaiian name, mahi-mahi (and it’s also known by its Spanish name, dorado, or just as plain mahi). This offshore fish prefers deeper waters over 68 degrees—which means right now offers the ideal conditions to catch mahi mahi.

Success in how to Catch Mahi Mahi in Florida
GBC’s “Mahi” Maralyn Coscia hit the jackpot recently!

Where to find mahi mahi?

GBC’s very own Maralyn Coscia reports that she took her mom out fishing off the coast of Boynton Beach a few weeks ago. She was afraid that her mom would be bored—but they were lucky enough to catch more mahi mahi than they could even legally keep! They cleaned and flash-froze enough to keep in their freezers, and gave the rest to grateful friends and family.

Catching Mahi Mahi in Florida

Mahi mahi is undoubtedly one of Florida’s most beautiful marine species and a favorite on menus at the local restaurants. This is because the Subtropical waters of South Florida are the perfect place to find this migratory fellow.  Here’s a little more information about how to catch mahi mahi in Florida:

According to the Fishing and Wildlife Commission’s website, mahi mahi are attracted to floating objects, and are commonly found in association with floating mats of sargassum (which is at an all-time high this year). The adult fish eat bait fish, flying fish, squid and crabs. They are fast swimmers and extremely fast growers, reaching nearly three feet in length in their first year of life.

Learn how to Catch Mahi Mahi in Florida
If you caught all this mahi, you’d be smiling too!

How to spot mahi mahi?

They are:

* Bright greenish blue back with yellow on sides
* Single dark dorsal fin extends from above the eye to the tail
* Capable of flashing purple, chartreuse and a wide range of other colors
* Body tapers sharply from head to tail
* Irregular blue or golden blotches scattered over sides

Mahi mahi can range anywhere up to 63 inches, and they usually weigh around 30 pounds. (The state record is 81 pounds, caught near Lantana; will you be next?) They resemble a pompano dolphinfish (pompano have a square-shaped tooth patch on the tongue; mahi mahi have an oval-shaped tooth patch on the tongue).

How to lure the mahi mahi?

And how do we recommend you catch mahi mahi in Florida? The Florida FWC advises that large, solitary adult fish are commonly caught while trolling natural baits such as rigged ballyhoo or cigar minnows, but they can also be caught on live bait, cut bait, artificial lures, jigs, or spoons. The tackle used to catch mahi mahi in Florida ranges from light spinning tackle for smaller schooling dolphin, to heavy trolling equipment. Chumming with cut bait or leaving a hooked fish in the water can keep schooling fish near the boat for multiple hookups.

What are the regulations for fishing mahi mahi in Florida?

There are rules for fishing for mahi mahi in Atlantic state waters. The legal gear allowed is hook and line, or spearing. In this area, the minimum size limit for mahi is 20” fork length (the fish as measured from the tip of the jaw or tip of the snout with closed mouth to the center of the fork in the tail). The daily bag limit is 10 fish per person, or 60 per vessel, whichever is less.

Though they are often served blackened, or on a sandwich, our favorite way to eat mahi mahi is just simply grilled, maybe with a little freshly made salsa. Try this delicious recipe from the Food Channel for Grilled Ginger Mahi-Mahi with Tropical Fruit Salsa, and we will be surprised if it’s not the best thing you ever ate.

Do you require hands-on training on how to Catch Mahi Mahi? The captains at GBC are fully licensed fishermen. They’ll help you learn more about how to catch, and clean a boatload of mahi mahi. The time is right in South Florida. Give us a call at 561.865.7797, and we’ll get you set up for a day of mahi mahi fishing you won’t forget!

South Florida’s Best Fishing Apparel

GBC’s Fave South Florida Fishing Apparel

The bad news is that it is H-O-T in South Florida in August. The good news is, as a member of Gulfstream Boat Club, you’ve got access to the coolest place around: out on the water. The summer months are a great time to use your boat club membership to plan fishing trips (here’s what’s in season), dockside cruises, or motor over to a great swimming spot.

As great as it is to be on a boat on the Intracoastal, we at Gulfstream Boat Club remind our members that the sun in South Florida is at its strongest right now, and its effects are magnified out on the water. Everyone should be wearing not only sunscreen but hats, sunglasses, and sun-protective clothing.

Here are a few of GBC’s favorite brands for South Florida boat-friendly sun gear. And the best part? They’re all local small businesses. There’s something on this list for every boat-loving man, woman, and child. Shop online or stop in—and tell them Gulfstream Boat Club sent you!

Gulfstream Boat Club’s Florida-Friendly Sources for Sun-Protective Gear:

Nomad Surf Shop Fishing apparel
Nomad Surf Shop features its own line of sun-protective clothing, and many other brands as well.

Nomad Surf Shop

Nomad is a favorite of our boat club members, and it’s a must-visit for out-of-town guests. Founded in 1968, Nomad has been family owned and operated since the beginning, and offers an authentic feel based on their love of surfing. The Nomad brand has grown along with the shop. Nomad features their own performance hats and shirts, as well as the best SPF-protective clothes on the market for men, women, and kids. They’ve also got a huge selection of sunscreen, water-resistant watches, sunglasses, swimsuits—and of course, their custom surfboards! Re-hydrate at their new coffee and smoothie truck, located right outside the front door. Open seven days. 4655 N. Ocean Blvd, Boynton Beach

Scales Fishing apparel
Local brand Scales Gear is designed for fishermen by fishermen.

Scales Gear

“Look good, fish harder,” says SCALES. Launched in 2008 with a focus on elite anglers competing in top-tier tournament circuits, SCALES was born from a passion for the sea and the endless pursuit of adventure. Scales offers performance swimsuits, clothing, and accessories for men, women, and kids. Their SCALES PRO Performance line offers the latest in advanced technology, with a patent-pending fabric that keeps you dry, eliminates odor with an EPA registered antimicrobial additive, and is stain resistant. Their PRO Performance Shirt is UPF rated 50+ for ultimate protection so you can be comfortable all day on the water and in the sun.

Fishing apparel for women
Periwinkle, Morley, and Coco & Co are all located on Delray’s Atlantic Avenue, and are perfect for dock-to-dinner wear.

Periwinkle, Morley, and Coco & Co

All located along Delray Beach’s Atlantic Avenue, these great boutiques owned by local entrepreneur Carrie Delafield carry the ultimate in boat-to-brunch wear. These are Delray’s destination for men’s and women’s resort wear when looking for fishing apparel, with everything from dresses to bikinis, board shorts and sunglasses. They offer a selection of on-trend and unique styles from new and known designers. Complimentary personal stylists are on hand to work one-on-one with clients. Open seven days. Morley: 415 East Atlantic Ave; Periwinkle: 339 East Atlantic Ave; Coco & Co: 209 E Atlantic Ave., all in Delray Beach

Glades Fishing apparel for men and women
Glades Soul donates a portion of each sale of its gear to help conserve the Everglades.

Glades Soul

Glades Soul is “A Brand Rooted in the Heart of Florida,” born out of a love of the Everglades. The water that flows through it and in it are the life blood of Florida. Their logo is the mangrove tree, a crucial building block of the Everglades. Mangrove forests are as rich in biodiversity as any other kind of forest on earth, both above and below the waterline. Glades Soul offers hats and a Solar Performance Long Sleeve that offers superior sun protection and performance qualities. When it comes to Fishing apparel, their Solar Performance Long Sleeve is lightweight, comfortable, and sure to keep the sun’s rays from penetrating through to your skin. This fabric is powered by PURE-tech™ moisture wicking technology. 100% Microfiber w/ UPF Protection. Your Glades Soul purchase helps support the Coastal Conservation Association.

Gulfstream Boat Club hats and T-shirts: say it loud, say it proud!

Gulfstream Boat Club

Don’t forget your GBC-branded gear! GBC offers a selection of hats and T-shirts for men and women with 50+ sun protection. The fishing apparel is available both online and at our Delray Beach location.

Now that you’re all geared up for a South Florida boat cruise, give Gulfstream Boat Club a call at 561.865.7797 to schedule one today!

 

 

Hurricane Season 2018: What’s the Forecast?

Wondering how the Hurricane Season 2018 Forecast is going to weather South Florida? Last year hit South Florida, particularly the Keys, extremely hard. A new hurricane forecast for the Atlantic has just been released, and great news: the probability for major hurricanes making major landfall in the United States and Caribbean is below average. If you’re a South Florida resident, or a boat club member, you can breathe a sigh of relief—for now.

Hurricane Season 2018 Forecast
Here’s an image we hope not to see this hurricane season! (NOAA)

The forecast for Gulfstream Boat Club’s locations in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and Hypoluxo is looking good. As of July 2, 2018, here is the news from the Department of Atmospheric Science, Tropical Meteorology Project, from Colorado State University:

ATLANTIC SEASONAL HURRICANE SEASON 2018 FORECAST:  HURRICANE ACTIVITY AND LANDFALL STRIKE PROBABILITY.

We have decreased our forecast and now believe that 2018 will have below-average activity. The tropical and subtropical Atlantic is currently much colder than normal, and the odds of a weak El Niño developing in the next several months have increased. With the decrease in Hurricane Season 2018 Forecast, the probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean has decreased as well. As is the case with all hurricane seasons, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them. They should prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted.

PROBABILITIES FOR AT LEAST ONE MAJOR (CATEGORY 3-4-5) HURRICANE LANDFALL ON EACH OF THE FOLLOWING COASTAL AREAS:
1)  Entire U.S. coastline – 39% (average for last century is 52%)
2)  U.S. East Coast Including Peninsula Florida – 22% (average for last century is 31%)
3)  Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle westward to Brownsville – 21% (average for last century is 30%)

PROBABILITY FOR AT LEAST ONE MAJOR (CATEGORY 3-4-5) HURRICANE TRACKING INTO THE CARIBBEAN (10-20°N, 60-88°W)
31% (average for last century is 42%)

Information obtained through June 2018 indicates that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will have activity below the median 1981-2010 season. This revised prediction is a considerable decrease from our prior seasonal forecasts issued in April and June. There remains some uncertainty with this forecast which we outline in the following paragraphs.

Captain in boat offering aid after Hurricane Irma
We delivered diapers, water, food, and more to Marathon Key last hurricane season.

We estimate that 2018 will have an additional 4 hurricanes (median is 6.5), 10 named storms (median is 12.0), 41.50 named storm days (median is 60.1), 15 hurricane days (median is 21.3), 1 major (Category 3-4-5) hurricane (median is 2.0) and 2 major hurricane days (median is 3.9). The probability of U.S. major hurricane landfall is estimated to be about 75 percent of the long-period average. We expect Atlantic basin Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) and Net Tropical Cyclone (NTC) activity for the remainder of the season to be approximately 65 percent of their long-term median values.

The Hurricane Season 2018 Forecast forecast is based on an extended-range early July statistical prediction scheme that was developed utilizing 36 years of past data. Analog predictors are also utilized. We now anticipate a below-average Atlantic basin hurricane season. The tropical Atlantic is much colder than normal. A colder than normal tropical Atlantic provides less fuel for developing tropical cyclones but also tends to be associated with higher pressure and a more stable atmosphere. These conditions tend to suppress Atlantic hurricane activity.

Also, the odds of a weak El Niño for the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season in 2018 have increased somewhat. If El Niño were to develop, it would tend to lead to more vertical wind shear in the Caribbean extending into the tropical Atlantic, tearing apart hurricanes as they are trying to develop and intensify.

Coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them, and they need to prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted.

For more information on the Hurricane Season 2018 Forecast, visit http://tropical.colostate.edu. And for now, feel free to plan some summer South Florida boat trips with GBC!

Boating Classes in Palm Beach

Free Boating Classes in Palm Beach

Boating Classes in Palm Beach – The ABC’s of Boating.

Being a member of a Palm Beach boat club is a great investment. Why own a boat? But even if you’re a renting a boat for the day, it’s important to educate yourself on the basics of boating. If you were looking for some Boating Classes in Palm Beach we got news for you! Each new Gulfstream Boat Club member receives a boating orientation from one of our licensed captains. We’ll “show you the ropes”!

The Palm Beach area also offers boat club members who want to learn a little more about boating some great options.

Boating Classes at The Palm Beach Sail & Power Squadron

For example, America’s Boating Course is offered locally the first Saturday and Sunday of the month by Palm Beach Sail & Power Squadron at their headquarters. It is open to the public. You do not have to own a boat to take this course; it’s perfect for boat club members. It’s a great opportunity to learn from the experts.  You never know when that bit of boating knowledge will become useful.

The Palm Beach Sail & Power Squadron is located at 1125 Old Dixie Hwy., Lake Park, Florida.  The America’s Boating Course is offered to promote public awareness of the dangers on the water and to teach safe and proper skills. The certified instructors are volunteers from Palm Beach Sail & Power Squadron.

Boating Classes in Palm Beach
America’s Boating Course classes are held regularly in the Palm Beach area.

The course covers:

  • Boating terms, types, charts, fueling, safety, handling, anchoring, trailering, and personal watercraft
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  • Required equipment, navigation lights, boat registration, law enforcement and Florida regulations.
  • Aids to navigation, navigation rules, emergencies including use of VHF radio.
  • Review of homework, overall review, final exam and awarding of certificates, membership interviews.

The course is open to anyone 12 years or older.  Successful completion of this course will qualify that person to obtain a Florida Boating Safety Education I.D. Card. Taking some boating classes in Palm Beach should be everyone’s priority.

Registration is at 8:15 AM Saturday morning. Cost is $30 per person (cash or check) payable at registration. Class begins promptly at 8:30 AM (right after registration) and will run until 4 PM, with lunch break. Return Sunday at 2 PM (until about 4) for a review, exam (60 questions) and squadron orientation. For more information visit WWW.PALMBEACHSPS.ORG or call (561) 863-1461.

Online Boating Classes

Online Boating Classes
The BoatUS Foundation sponsors a free online boating class.

Don’t have two days to indulge your desire to learn more about boating? How about an online course? At the BoatUS Foundation website, you can test your nautical knowledge with a 75-question Boating Safety Course, specific to Florida. This test covers a broad range of topics that are appropriate for all boaters — power, sail and personal watercraft. You will be able to print your BoatUS Foundation certificate upon successful completion of this 75-question course, which is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

Free Boating Classes in South Florida

The best place in the Palm Beach area to start your education on boating is as a member of Gulfstream Boat Club. Call us at 561.865.7797 or click here to learn more about membership, which includes a free orientation from one of our licensed captains! Taking your first boating classes in Palm Beach was never easier!

Summer Fishing Tournaments Palm Beach County

Guide to all the local Fishing Tournaments in your area.

If you’re a fisherman, you’ll want to pay close attention to GBC’s guide to all the local fishing tournaments in June, July, and August in Palm Beach County! Summer tournaments are being held in locations from Lantana to West Palm to Jupiter. The Lake Worth Fishing Tournament on June 23 is taking place right in our own “boatyard”: Palm Beach Yacht Center, where our Hypoluxo GBC is located.

List of Fishing Tournaments in Palm Beach
Catch a kingfish in one of the Palm Beach County tournaments this summer!

Many of these fishing tournaments raise money for local charities, so you’re doing good by fishing the day away. Grab a few friends, some fishing rods, and call GBC to participate in a local fishing tournament! Click here to see our fishing boats. Our licensed captains will be an asset to your team.

Any questions about fishing tournaments in Palm Beach County? Give GBC a call at 561.865.7797!

Summer Fishing Tournament
Use one of GBC’s licensed captains as your tournament secret weapon!

Jr. Angler Tournament

Organizer: The Loxahatchee River District’s River Center

Date: June 2–July 14, 2018

Location: N/A

Benefiting: Friends of the Loxahatchee River

Website: loxahatcheeriver.org

 

Lake Worth Fishing Tournament

Organizer: Tuppen’s Marine

Date: June 23, 2018

Location: Palm Beach Yacht Center

Benefitting: Local Charities

Website: https://lakeworthfishingtournament.com/

 

Team Sargent Fishing Tournament in Memory of West Palm Beach Police Capt. Danny Sargent

Organizer: Tim Sargent

Date: June 30, 2018

Location: Rybovich

Benefiting: The West Palm Beach Police Benevolent Charity, Professional Firefighters/Paramedics Benevolent Fund, PBSO Police Athletic League, and the West Palm Beach Police Explorer Post 148.

 

Big Dog Fat Cat KDW Shootout

Organizer: Sailfish Marina Tournament Committee

Date: July 14, 2018

Location: Sailfish Marina Resort

Benefiting: A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue, Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, and Marine Industry Education Foundation.

Website: canyongear.net/bdfc

Kid’s Fishing Days

Organizer: Palm Beach County Fishing Foundation

Date: July 17-19, 2018

Location: Lake Park Harbor Marina

Benefiting: Disadvantaged Youth

Website: westpalmbeachfishingclub.org/kdw-classic.php

 

Anchorage Aweigh Fishing Tournament 

Organizer: Village of North Palm Beach & Recreation Department

Date: August 11, 2018

Location: North Palm Beach Recreation

Website: http://www.village-npb.org/467/Anchorage-Aweigh-Fishing-Tournament

 

Anglers for the Cure

Organizer: Adriana Somberg

Date: August 11, 2018

Location: Rybovich

Benefiting: Several organizations for research and awareness of prostate cancer.

Website: anglersforthecure.com 

GBC’s Custom Intracoastal Waterway Map

Where to get an intracoastal waterway map?

We’re the best boat club in South Florida, so we need to provide the best map, right?
When clients arrive for their boat rentals at our Delray Beach, Palm Beach, and Boynton Beach locations, they receive a GBC-customized map. A GBC staff member or captain will guide you through it, especially if it is the first time you are renting one of our twenty-plus boats. (Deck boat, pontoon, or single- or dual-console: what’s your favorite? Check them all out here!)
South Florida's intracoastal waterway map
Here’s a sneak peek of GBC’s new custom-designed nautical chart.
For the first time in five years, we’ve redesigned our Gulfstream Boat Club intracoastal waterway map or nautical chart, and we can’t wait to provide it with each boat rental.

What is the difference between a map and a nautical chart?

According to NOAA, a nautical chart provides detailed information on water depths, shoreline, tide predictions, obstructions such as rocks and shipwrecks, and navigational aids. The term “map,” on the other hand, is much broader: road maps, atlases, city plans, etc.
A nautical chart is used by mariners to plot courses through open bodies of water as well as in highly trafficked areas. It provides detailed information on hidden dangers to navigation. Indeed, the Intracoastal Waterway in South Florida is such a great place to boat, but there can be a lot of traffic on the water, and there are lots of sandbars, shoals, and inlets to be mindful of.

What can you learn from using our intracoastal waterway map?

Most boat rentals originate from our Delray Beach location at Marina Delray. From there you can head north as far as Palm Beach. Peanut Island is a popular destination, and Sailfish Marina is a great place to have a dockside lunch before you head back south. (And you’ll pass our Hypoluxo location on the way north!). It’s all in the intracoastal waterway map we’ll provide.
If you use your boat rental to head south from Delray Beach, you’ll be headed towards Boca Raton. Either stop at one of Delray’s waterfront restaurants like Deck 84, or motor to Lake Boca, with great views and a dockside lunch at the Waterstone Hotel.
Consult our intracoastal waterway map to remain aware of no-wake zones. You don’t want to return from your boat rental with a ticket. And remember to stay to the east of green markers, and to the west of red markers. This is the most popular mistake of boaters new to this busy stretch of the Intracoastal.
Thanks to Dee Cutrona of Maude Press for redesigning our nautical chart! Time to schedule your next South Florida boat rental—you’ll get a free chart when you do!